eXtension Month in Review – August 2016

August, 2016

August was a month spent finalizing plans and future directions as the NEW eXtension continues to unfold. We are continuing to refine plans and explore new possibilities as well as to develop our evaluation and reporting on our 2015-16 initiatives. Meanwhile, many innovation projects launched by eXtension in that period are coming to fruition, including our Fellows, Innovation Projects and i-Three Issue Corps members’ projects.

Maker Network: Learn from eXtension Fellow Paul Hill

Maker NetworkFor several years now, Paul Hill, MBA, Extension Associate Professor at Utah State University, has been leading the development of Cooperative Extension’s engagement in the national Maker Movement. His organization of Extension professionals and volunteers into a network that actively participates in the Maker Movement has been highly acclaimed. Paul’s eXtension fellowship was dedicated to expanding that network and reporting on it and its opportunities for the future of Extension and particularly 4H. His reports on his activities and observations, delivered to eXtension in July and August, contributed prominently to the forthcoming Horizon Report, where “Makerspaces” are recommended as an opportunity for Extension to seize in the “one-year-or-less” timeframe.

Internet of Things: Learn from eXtension Fellow Jeff Hino

Internet of Things Report imageSince June 2015, Jeff Hino, learning technology leader at Oregon State University working in Extension & Experiment Station Communications, has been researching and developing a concept paper and video about the impacts of the Internet of Things on Cooperative Extension. In August Jeff delivered his project report, an eye-opening survey to update all Extension professionals on this fast-moving trend which is also discussed in the forthcoming Horizon Report. You can read his report from his eXtension profile page…

Citizen Science: Learn about Models and Impacts from eXtension Fellow Katie Stofer

Future imageKatie Stofer, research assistant professor at the University of Florida in the Agricultural Education and Communication department, has spent the last year examining this innovative approach to advancing research, learning, and civic engagement which has been expanding rapidly in the past five years. Her objective has been to identify how this powerful practice can best be organized and applied in Cooperative Extension to speed innovation for the benefit of land grant institutions, community partners and other citizen science groups across the country.

Project Map cropped imageWant to see where i-Three Corps members are at work developing and advancing innovation? Visit our new interactive map to see how many projects, team members and institutions are engaged in each region and state. Find the map here…


Coming Soon to eXtension: Competency Framework Integration with Moodle 3.1

Several learners using laptop computersOver the past year, we have had a number of requests for eXtension to introduce Competency Based Education (CBE) into its professional development offerings. Great progress has been made in responding to these requests with two pilot projects completed and a test environment created in Moodle 3.1 which eXtension will transition to this fall. Read more about the benefits, features and plans for integrating CBE into eXtension’s core offerings…

New Community Issue Corps Is Forming

color_logoeXtension thanks the eXtension Communities who expressed interest in participating in the first Issue Corps experience designed specifically for Communities of Practice and Learning Networks. Based on that response, the eXtension Foundation will launch a call for the 2016-17 Community Issue Corps in the coming days. Find more information on plans here…

In Case You Missed Them Live: Recordings of Important Webinars Posted in August

Zoom meeting

  • In depth instruction on Zoom’s features and benefits, presented by Mark Locklear, eXtension’s Zoom Administrator; Terrence Wolfork, Assistant Administrator for Communications, Conferencing, and Technology at Fort Valley State University; and Mary Poling, Coordinator for Interactive Communication in the Information Technology Department with the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. View recording of the August 3 webinar…
  • Advocacy on the Job: “Hope Is Not a Strategy: A Case Study on Penn State Extension’s Engagement to Restore State Funding,” presented by Mary Wirth, Director of College Relations and Communications for the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. View recording of the August 23 webinar…

Coming September: The Horizon Report

NMCThe NMC (New Media Consortium}Technology Outlook for Cooperative Extension 2016-2021 is complete and under review in draft form prior to finalization and production. The final report will be introduced at the 2016 Experiment Station Section/Cooperative Extension Section/National Extension Directors and Administrators (ESS/CES-NEDA) meeting which will be held September 19-22 at Jackson Lake Lodge, Moran, WY.

Save the Date: Next eXtension Quarterly Webinar Meeting October 19, 2016

WebinareXtension CEO Christine Geith and the eXtension leadership team will present updates on programming, stories from the i-Three Issue Corps, and answer questions from attendees about new developments at the eXtension Foundation. More information and a link to add the webinar to your calendar will be coming soon!

Don’t Miss the New August i-Three Issue Corps Blog Posts

eXtension blogsNew blog posts on i-Three Issue Corps projects continue to roll in. Learn about our Issue Corps members’ stories and the variety of innovative approaches to climate and food systems that are delivering impact in communities across the country. Be sure to check out these stories…